Cars (and driving) are a passion for many people. For others, they are an important part of everyday life that helps them get to work and around town.
The problem is that there is a lot that drivers do not know about their own vehicles. Here are some of the most common myths about cars.
No Windshield Wiper Fluid? Use Water
File this under “bad ideas.” Wiper fluid is a solvent that includes chemicals and antifreeze agents designed to clean windshields without freezing up in cold weather. Water will not keep windshields clean and can cause hoses to crack in low temperatures when it freezes and expands.
Automatic Cars Are Less Fuel Efficient Than Manual Vehicles
What was once accurate is now a myth, thanks to the power of technology. Extra gears have been added to automatic cars, generally evening the fuel economy in both types of vehicles.
Larger Cars Are Safer for Passengers
People often believe that large sport utility vehicles and vans offer more protection in the event of a crash because of their sheer size. In reality, the safety of a particular vehicle depends on how it is designed and the materials used to produce it.
You Do Not Need an Oil Change if You Only Drive Local
Oil needs to be changed based on the total miles that cars rack up, rather than the mileage per trip. Most manufacturers recommend that oil be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Eventually, oil that is not changed will get increasingly dirty, will fail to lubricate the engine and can cause damage and stalling.
Premium Fuel Makes Cars Run Better
Gas that is more expensive is not purer or cleaner than regular gas. Instead, it is less combustible. That only makes a difference for certain cars with high-powered engines.
Electric Cars Are More Likely to Catch Fire in Crashes
This myth has spread in part because of electric car recalls and viral videos of plug-in vehicles bursting into flames.
The truth is that gas-powered cars can also come with defects that put them at risk of catching fire.
Air Conditioner is Better for Fuel Economy Than Open Windows
Using A/C while driving actually leads to a slight decrease in fuel economy, according to Consumer Reports. Air conditioning can help keep drivers more alert and comfortable, however, bringing safety benefits.
Red Cars Get Pulled Over for Speeding More Often
Anyone who has been ticketed for speeding or other traffic infractions in a car that is not red, probably already knows that this one is a myth.
How a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney Can Help You
The Los Angeles lemon law attorneys at Bickel Sannipoli APC help people across the country who have been stuck with defective or malfunctioning vehicles enforce their rights and hold manufacturers accountable.
Our offices are conveniently located in L.A., San Diego and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a Los Angeles lemon law attorney today.